Subbuteo is a fast-paced tabletop game that originated in England

ATASCADERO — Have you ever heard of Subbuteo? It’s a fast-paced soccer tabletop game that takes about 30 minutes to complete. Not to be confused with foosball, the game got its start in England in the mid-1940s, as soccer was becoming more popular. And guess what? San Luis Obispo County has its very own Subbuteo club, the Central Coast Condors Table Soccer Club (CCCTSC).

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(From left) Jake Schoonmaker, Sam Omiotek, Peter Vahle, Cameron Tucker, and Charles Alexander are shown in action during the Subbuteo tournament April 15 in Atascadero. Contributed Photo/
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Varant Kurkeyerian, the team leader of the Central Coast Condors Table Soccer Club took second place in the CondorMania tournament, losing 2-1 in the final to Peter Vahle. Contributed Photo.

“It developed as a child’s game that was played pre-video games,” said local player and CCCTSC member Jake Schoonmaker. “In the ’70s or ’80s, they augmented the figures that you play with, and it became a more strategized game, a faster-paced game that adults started becoming a bit fanatical about. So in Europe, it’s very popular. In America is super, super small.” 

Condors Club Leader Varant Kurkeyerian learned the game from his dad back in England and brought it over with him when he attended Cal Poly in the ’90s. 


“During the pandemic, one of my roommates worked for Varant, and he gave us a board to play on and figures to play with,” Schoonmaker said. “So it came out of the isolation that we just had nothing to do, and that’s how this club was born on the Central Coast. It started through Varant, through some of our friends.” 

On Saturday, April 15, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., CCCTSC hosted a Subbuteo tournament at a private residence in Atascadero, with seven competitors competing in a modified Swiss format with a championship title belt for the winner. Deemed the CondorMania, it was an ASA (American Subbuteo Association)/WASPA (World Amateur Subbuteo Players Association) tournament.

The championship title belt went to Peter Vahle from the NorCal Subbuteo Club, who defeated Kurkeyerian 2-1. The 30-minute rounds went like this:

Round 1

Cameron Tucker 3-1 Charles Alexander

Varant Kurkeyerian 2-0 Sam Omiotek

Peter Vahle 3-2 Mike Jercich

Round 2

Varant Kurkeyerian 2-0 Cameron Tucker

Peter Vahle 1-0 Jake Schoonmaker

Charles Alexander 3-2 Sam Omiotek

Round 3

Varant Kurkeyerian 4-0 Peter Vahle

Jake Schoonmaker 3-1 Charles Alexander

Cameron Tucker 2-0 Mike Jercich

Round 4

Peter Vahle 0-0 Cameron Tucker

Jake Schoonmaker 3-0 Sam Omiotek

Charles Alexander 2-0 Mike Jercich

Round 5

Varant Kurkeyerian 6-2 Jake Schoonmaker

Mike Jercich/Sam Omiotek match abandoned

Consolation Final/Wild Card

Mike Jercich 1-0 Sam Omiotek

Open Barrage

Jake Schoonmaker 4-1 Charles Alexander

Peter Vahle 1-0 Mike Jercich


Varant Kurkeyerian 3-1 Jake Schoonmaker

Peter Vahle 2-1 (OT) Cameron Tucker


Peter Vahle 2-1 Varant Kurkeyerian

The CCCTSC is made up of players from all over the Central Coast. They even have members from a club that disbanded in Southern California. Those members drive to the Central Coast to play on both club nights and tournaments. 

“We have people coming from South LA County, Orange County to come up and play with us,” stated Schoonmaker. “It’s crazy. It’s wild to see the passion that some of these people have to make the drive to come and play for a few hours just because that is the one place they can come to get their kicks.”

The Subbuteo Club has weekly meetings on Tuesday nights. And local residents are welcome to come and check out the tabletop soccer game to see what it’s all about. They even have extra teams and materials for anyone interested in trying out the game.

“Anybody who likes pool or a tactile alternative to video games should definitely give it a go,” Schoonmaker added. “I’m not in the world of soccer at all, and this is my one avenue into that world. So it is for everybody.”

To contact the Central Coast Condors Table Soccer Club, email Schoonmaker at or Varant Kurkeyerian at Or you can learn more about the game on Discord: